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herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine pavilion complete
jun 01, 2012
herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine pavilion complete


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
© herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
image © 2012 iwan baan

presented as part of the london 2012 festival, the 12th serpentine gallery by swiss architects herzog & de meuron and
beijing-based ai weiwei is now complete. a plane of water is now floating above the lawn of the serpentine gallery
in london, england, inviting visitors to pass beneath it and observe the recently exposed components of the past structures.
eleven columns representing each of the previous editions elevate the roof plane 1.4 meters from the excavated ground
while an additional support stands for the current construct.

encouraging visitors to delve under the surface, this archeological experience transports them back in time as they
lounge within the interior. cork lines the surfaces of the stepped ground plane and seating to generate a warm location
for repose. during the summer, the venue will host public talks and events during ‘park nights’ until october 14, 2012.


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
© herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
image © 2012 iwan baan

‘all of these foundations will now be uncovered and reconstructed. the old foundations form a jumble of convoluted lines,
like a sewing pattern. a distinctive landscape emerges out of the reconstructed foundations which is unlike anything
we could have invented; its form and shape is actually a serendipitous gift. the three-dimensional reality of this landscape
is astonishing and it is also the perfect place to sit, stand, lie down or just look and be amazed. in other words, the ideal
environment for continuing to do what visitors have been doing in the serpentine gallery pavilions over the past eleven years –
and a discovery for the many new visitors anticipated for the london 2012 olympic games.’
– herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei
 


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
© herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
image © 2012 iwan baan

see designboom’s initial coverage of the pavilion’s design and unveiling.


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
© herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
image © 2012 iwan baan


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
© herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
image © 2012 iwan baan


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

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